Weeks after the mainstream media largely declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of last month’s presidential race, Democrats have overwhelmingly dismissed President Donald Trump’s legal challenges and claims of voter fraud.
While Biden appears to be carrying forward with his expected transition into the White House, however, reports show his running mate has thus far declined to resign from her seat in the U.S. Senate.
“An incredibly bold and symbolic move”
The decision might seem curious on its face, but writing Monday, PJ Media’s Matt Margolis explained that it is not at all uncommon for someone in Harris’ position.
In the past, “senators who have gone on to become vice president didn’t exactly resign quickly after their elections,” he wrote, citing Al Gore, Dan Quale, and Lyndon Johnson as examples of those who hung on to their legislative title until the last minute.
Margolis also highlighted an NPR piece about Biden’s 2009 decision to take the Senate’s oath of office ahead of joining the Obama administration so he could resign as the body’s 14th-longest-serving member.
Although Harris is clearly under no obligation to step down, the PJ Media writer noted that doing so “would be an incredibly bold and symbolic move that would tell the country that the Biden-Harris team is 100 percent confident that they are the legitimate victors of the 2020 election.”
He pointed out that such a decision would not impact the Senate’s balance of power or prevent California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from appointing “a reliably radical left wing Democrat to serve out the remainder of her term.”
“Maybe Kamala would rather play it safe”
With the Trump re-election campaign promising to reveal its evidence that the election results in multiple swing states were not legitimate, Margolis speculated that the potential “reason we’re not getting the demonstration of confidence in the results of the election from Kamala Harris is that they are waiting for the legal challenges” against the Biden campaign to play out.
Regardless of how the media and Democratic Party operatives seek to dismiss allegations of fraud and ballot irregularities, it is likely going to be the court system that ultimately decides this thorny issue.
“If the Trump team has the goods this election may not be over yet, and maybe Kamala would rather play it safe than give up her seat in the U.S. Senate prematurely,” Margolis opined.
Ahead of the election, voters and pundits on both sides of the aisle speculated that Biden might be unable to serve a full four years in the White House if elected, meaning Harris would take over for the remainder of his term.
According to The Washington Times, even President Trump predicted in October that Biden “wouldn’t be president for three months” before his vice president took the helm. But only time will tell.